UK time is: 10:43:58
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Behind Enemy Lines - Part 9

TIME BEGINNING TO RUN OUT
Another winless game on Monday night. Dull, lifeless, lack of confidence from the players..exactly what we didn't need when under massive pressure to win our home games. The draw against Stoke was a depressing night for all SAFC followers. I doubt we'd have scored if we were still playing now such was the lack of invention throughout the side. Whilst Lee Cattermole and Lorik Cana are effective at keeping the midfield tight and getting back to defend, going forward they are offer little. Even more importantly, the lack of width, an ever present problem at the club, doesn't look like improving anytime soon. Hopefully the arrival of Alan Hutton at full back can help improve this. On a positive note, the defending was much better with Michael Turner back in the team. Turner & Matt Kilgallon showed signs of a promising partnership to come in central defence. It's crucial that we get a more settled back four. If Hutton plays at the weekend, it will be our 15th new back four in 24 games. That's an incredible stat and just shows the problems we've had with injuries this season.

CRUNCH TIME
With our winnable home games beginning to run out, this Saturday's Wigan game assumes monumental proportions for the remainder of our season. Fail to win again and we are entrenched in our third relegation battle in as many seasons, which is devastating for our fans after the early promise. Wigan have been on a bad run of late, culminating in a home defeat to Notts County in the FA Cup. The danger sign is there though, we lost to them at the DW Stadium after they had lost 9-1 at Spurs. Alan Hutton & Benjani will both be involved for us, so that should give the squad a boost and a struggling Wigan side should be less of a physical battle than Stoke were. I'd play an unchanged team, apart from maybe Hutton in for an injured Mensah, with Benjani on the bench to call upon. New boy Hutton up against Charles N'Zogbia should be a very interesting battle down the right side. My extreme pessimism of last week has somehow been replaced with a highly optimistic outlook this week. First win since November anyone?

Prediction: SAFC 2 Wigan 1

TERRY MUST PLAY
As much as I dislike John Terry, he simply must continue playing for England in the World Cup. He is easily our best and most consistent current centre half and he would be a huge miss. His personal life should stay private and away from the football field. Whether Terry should keep his captaincy is another matter. There are plenty of candidates for the armband throughout the England team and maybe it would be a good idea to pass it on to someone else, even if just to relieve some of the pressure on Terry.

WHO WOULD YOU CHOOSE?
I've kicked off a debate on Twitter this week on which four (or five?) strikers would you take to the World Cup if you were in Fabio's shoes. Jermaine Defoe grabbed another hat-trick in midweek making him almost certain to be going to South Africa alongside Wayne Rooney. Has Darren Bent done enough? For me he stands alongside Defoe as England's most lethal finisher at the moment with possibly Defoe just edging him out of an England starting place. Who else would you choose? I'd go for Rooney, Defoe, Bent & Crouch with either Heskey or Agbonlahor as a 5th striker if Capello feels he needs another striker.

MAGS SENSING BLOOD
The feeling over here on Tyneside amongst the black & whites is of excitement building. They are starting to sense that promotion is getting closer for them, whilst relegation nears for us. After last seasons magnificent final day events this time we could face the ultimate reversal. Can you imagine what it would be like if it happened and the flak we would get? It doesn't really bear thinking about at the moment, but it is fast becoming a real possibility.

Thats all for now,
PW

Follow us on twitter:

Vital Sunderland




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The Journalist

Writer: Paul Wallis Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday February 4 2010

Time: 9:13PM

Your Comments

Terry's private life does not stay away from the football field when he is doing the dirty with the wife/girlfriend of a teammate!
refereesfavourbig4
Team Bridge!
GazJohnson
 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Sunderland A.F.C. Articles

Koeman In Shock After Sunderland Rout. (Saturday October 18 2014)

Sunderland Steam-Rollered By Southampton (Saturday October 18 2014)

Stats: Southampton v Sunderland (Saturday October 18 2014)

Southampton vs Sunderland: Team News (Saturday October 18 2014)

Black Cats Face Southampton. (Friday October 17 2014)

Brown Praises Vergini. (Thursday October 16 2014)

O'Shea Very Pleased With Late Goal. (Wednesday October 15 2014)

Jozy Demands More Games (Friday October 10 2014)

Archived Sunderland A.F.C. Articles

List All Vital Sunderland Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

League Results (view all)

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
14. Leicester City 8 2 3 3 -2 9
15. WBA 7 2 2 3 -1 8
16. Crystal Palace 8 2 2 4 -3 8
17. Sunderland 8 1 5 2 -7 8
18. Newcastle 8 1 4 3 -6 7
19. Burnley 8 0 4 4 -9 4
20. Q.P.R. 8 1 1 6 -12 4

Breaking League News

Fine margins for Everton
Everton : 20/10/2014 10:00:00
Barkley is perfect
Everton : 20/10/2014 09:27:00
Liverpool: 'We Were Fortunate' - Rodgers
Liverpool : 20/10/2014 09:11:00
Liverpool : 20/10/2014 09:08:00
An Alves Deal is NOT Done!
Man Utd : 20/10/2014 07:39:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Sunderland v Stoke (League)
Suggested By:  
Sunderland win 37%
Draw 45%
Stoke win 18%